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Meet the Student Athlete Mentors

Student Athlete Mentors are volunteers who are currently involved in Geneseo athletics. The role of a mentor is to provide insight, recommendations, and counseling for student athletes. The SARC Mentors are available through office hours and by appointment in the Sawyer room of the Merritt Athletic Center.

Sakura Hamazaki

Sakura Hamazaki Photo

Women's Swimming and Diving

Sakura is a senior biology major with a mathematics and chemistry minor from Hastings on Hudson NY. Aside from the Geneseo Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, she is a GOLD mentor here on campus. She is also doing research under Dr. Yokoyama, looking at the hinging and unhinging of a protein predominant in the formation of fibers in neurons of patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc. She is also the founder of the Student Athlete Resource center and is excited to serve as a student athlete mentor! Her favorite aspect of Student Athlete Resource center would be the student to student mentorship it fosters and how it brings the campus closer together.

Fun Fact: She can ride a unicycle!

Email: sh47@geneseo.edu

Tyler Bushnell

Tyler Bushnell Photo

Men's Lacrosse

Tyler is a senior business administration major with a marketing minor from Honeoye Falls, NY. He is on the Geneseo Men’s Lacrosse team and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. His favorite part about the Student-Athlete Resource Center is that athletes now have access to programs that aid in dealing with a hectic lifestyle of being a student-athlete. He is looking forward to all the positive opportunities that will cross the Student-Athlete Resource Center.

Fun Fact: He has never seen Star Wars or Harry Potter!

Email: tab10@geneseo.edu

Kiersten Colvin

Kiersten Colvin

Women's Volleyball

Kiersten is a senior Economics major with a minor in Finance from Rockville Centre, NY. She is on the Geneseo Women’s Volleyball team in addition to being Retention Manager for Colleges Against Cancer, a member of Fed Challenge, and Events Manager for Women in Business Club. Her favorite part about the Student-Athlete Resource Center is its great potential to improve the college experience for student-athletes. She hopes the center will be somewhere athletes can relax, do work, and find support!

Fun Fact: She loves watching college basketball!

Email: krc19@geneseo.edu

Angela Van Pelt

Angela Van Pelt Photo

Softball

Angela is a senior Communication and Political Science double major from Rosendale, New York in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  Angela is a member of the Softball team at Geneseo and previously worked as a Resident Assistant for two years. Additionally, she is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the first year honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. In spring 2019 Angela was awarded the Dr. Amy Tolbert Annual Scholarship in Communication from the Department of Communication based on academic and co-curricular achievements. Angela is looking forward to helping student athletes take advantage of all of the opportunities and resources that Geneseo has to offer.

Fun Fact: She once wrote a paper for a class about the Bear fountain on Main Street!

Email: amv18@geneseo.edu

Morgan Michalski

Morgan Michalski Photo

Women's Volleyball

Morgan is a junior Communication major from Buffalo, New York. Morgan is a member of the Women's Volleyball team at Geneseo and was also an Orientation Leader during the summer of 2019 and 2020. You can sometimes find her in the campus mailroom checking in packages, say hi if you see her! She is grateful to be a part of a program that brings the athletic community together and promotes all the wonderful resources Geneseo has to offer. 

Fun Fact: She loves country music!

Email: mm83@geneseo.edu

Noelle Staso 

Noelle Staso

Women's Swimming and Diving

Noelle is a senior Math major with a biology minor from Baldwinsville, NY. She swims breastroke and sprint freestyle on the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. She is so excited to be part of the Student Athlete Resource Center because she thinks it’s an awesome resource for student athletes to get help from and connect with each other.

Fun fact: She knows how to solve a Rubik’s Cube!

Email: nks3@geneseo.edu

Sarah Kelly 

Sarah Kelly

Women's Lacrosse

Sarah is a senior Childhood/SPED major with a concentration in environmental studies from Garrison, New York. Sarah is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team at Geneseo and is currently the President of the Colleges Against Cancer Club on campus. Sarah is also a member of the United States Army National Guard. She is anticipating her new role as a Student Athlete Mentor and hopes that she can help as many student athletes as possible in the rest of her time at Geneseo. 

Fun Fact: She is 1 of 5 kids!

Email: sk49@geneseo.edu

Colleen Kennedy

Colleen Kennedy

Women's Lacrosse

Colleen is a junior Economics and Political Science double major from East Greenbush, New York. Along with being on the Women's Lacrosse team, Colleen is the president of Women in Business, a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Club Ice Hockey and Student Athletic Advisory Council. She is excited to be a part of the Student Athlete Resource Center to help other athletes and to get more involved with the campus and all that it has to offer.  

Fun Fact: She learned to ice skate when she was two 

Email: cmk21@geneseo.edu

Gabby Ayzenburg 

Gabby Ayzenburg

Women's Volleyball

Gabby is a senior communication major and legal studies minor from Long Beach, New York. She is a member of the Women’s Volleyball team and the president of the student athlete advisory committee. She is excited to meet more athletes and help others to make their college experience better. I hope the resource center is a place where all athletes can interact and find help!

Fun Fact: She lives on the beach

Email: ga2@geneseo.edu

Alex Frank

Alex Frank

Women's Volleyball

Alex is a senior Biology major with a minor in human development from Syracuse, New York. Alex is a member of the Women’s Volleyball Team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a volunteer in the athletic training room. She is excited to help new friends and excel at Geneseo with them. 

Fun Fact: She loves beach volleyball! 

Email: anf4@geneseo.edu   

Kerrin Montgomery

Kerrin Montgomery

Women's Basketball

Kerrin is a senior Business Administration major with minors in psychology and management from Lynbrook, New York. Kerrin is a member of the Women’s Basketball Team at Geneseo and is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is excited for the opportunity to meet more student athletes from other teams while trying to help them excel at Geneseo.

Fun Fact: She doesn't know how to ice skate

Email: klm30@geneseo.edu

Tarryn Franciosa

Tarryn Franciosa

Women's Track and Field 

Tarryn is a senior Biochemistry major and Mathematics minor from Albany, New York. She is a member of the Women’s Track and Field team, conducts research in the biology and biochemistry departments, and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the first year honor society and Tri Beta, the biology national honor society. She is thrilled to be a part of the Student Athlete Resource Center and to offer support and to connect with other student athletes as they succeed at Geneseo.

Fun Fact: She has moved 9 times!

Email: tmf7@geneseo.edu

Natalie Alfieri

Natalie Alfieri

Women's Basketball

Natalie is a senior Biology major from Westchester, New York. She is a member of the Women’s Basketball Team at Geneseo and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is excited to connect with other student athletes and help them to have the best possible experience at Geneseo. 

 Fun fact: She can’t whistle

Email: nra2@geneseo.edu

Stephanie Afonso

Stefanie Afonso

Softball

Stephanie is a junior Chemistry major and Human Development minor from Commack, NY. She is a member of the Softball team at Geneseo. She is excited to be a resource to student athletes who need it and be able to form new relationships to her fellow student athletes. 

Fun Fact: She volunteers at a local hospital during the summers.

Email: sna4@geneseo.edu

Meghan Reitz

Meghan Reitz

Women's Swimming and Diving

Meghan is a junior business administration major with a minor in marketing from Hilton, NY. She is a part of the women's swimming and diving team and swims distance freestyle. She is excited to be able to help so many other student athletes to be able to succeed academically and athletically at Geneseo. 

Fun Fact: My summer job is at a plant nursery that has an ice cream shop!

Email: mer29@geneseo.edu

Jacqui Thorsen 

Jacqui Thorsen

Women's Lacrosse

Jacqui is a senior Economics major with a minor in Spanish from East Hampton, NY. She plays attack on the women’s lacrosse team at Geneseo. She is also a part of the Veteran Leadership Group that is connected to the Geneseo athletic department. She is excited to be a part of the Student Athlete Resource Center and connect with athletes from all different teams. She hopes to help student athletes assimilate to life here at Geneseo!

Fun Fact: She loves to cook!

Email: jmt41@geneseo.edu

Alex Jakubiak

Alex Jakubiak

Men's Swimming and Diving

Alex is a junior Biology major with a Human Development and Math minor from Deer Park, NY. He is a freestyle sprinter on the Geneseo Men’s Swimming and Diving team. Alex is eager to help other student-athletes find their way around the many resources that Geneseo has to offer, and help them build connections on campus! 

Fun Fact: His favorite dessert is rice pudding

Email: aj11@geneseo.edu

Owen Frank

Owen Frank

Men's Soccer

Owen is a sophomore Biology major from Grafton, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Geneseo Men's Soccer team. He is taking a pre veterinary path at Geneseo. Owen is excited to meet new student-athletes and help them in whatever way he can. He hopes to help students better both their academic and athletic standing.

Fun fact: He is both an English and American citizen.

Email: omf3@geneseo.edu

Paige Turcotte

Paige Turcotte

Women's Swimming and Diving

Paige is a senior psychology major with a biology minor from Jamestown, NY. She swims breaststroke and individual medley events for the women’s swimming and diving team. She is planning on attending nursing school after graduating from Geneseo. Paige is really excited to meet and help out other student-athletes on campus!

Fun fact: Paige studied abroad in Italy last summer. 

Email: pet4@geneseo.edu

Kelly McKeveny

Kelly Mckeveny

Field Hockey

Kelly is a senior Accounting major with a Finance minor from Holbrook, NY. She is a member of the Field Hockey team at Geneseo along with being a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative and Events Manager for Women in Business Club. She is excited to get to know other student-athletes and provide help in whatever way is needed! 

Fun Fact: She loves to read 

Email: kam61@geneseo.edu

Hannah Sullivan

Hannah Sullivan

Women's Soccer

Hannah is a junior English and Adolescent Education major with an Edgar Fellows and Theatre minor from Marlboro, NY. Along with being a midfielder on the Women’s Soccer team, she is also the vice president of English Immersion Group and a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the first year honor society, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. She is looking forward to meeting other student-athletes and helping them find a balance between their academic and athletic careers at Geneseo!

Fun Fact: She has played soccer internationally on two separate occasions.

Email: hes8@geneseo.edu

Jenna Strickland 

Jenna Strickland

Women's Track and Field

Jenna is a junior Biology Major with a minor in Human Development from Victor, New York.  She is on the Women’s Track and Field team where she completes in short sprints. She is a member of Tri Beta, the biological national honor society, and she plans to go into nursing school after her time at Geneseo. She is looking forward to helping student-athletes have their best academic and athletic experiences during their time at Geneseo!

Fun fact: She has a guinea pig named Peanut!

Email: jss13@geneseo.edu

Taylor Hansen

Taylor Hansen

Women's Basketball

Taylor is a freshman Biology Major with an Edgar Fellows minor from Norwich, New York. She is a member of the Women’s Basketball Team at Geneseo. She is excited to meet other student-athletes and do whatever she can to help them be successful at Geneseo, both athletically and academically!

Fun Fact: She’s traveled to more than half of the United States. 

Email: teh7@geneseo.edu

Megan Palmer

Megan Palmer

Women's Swimming and Diving

Megan is a junior Childhood/Special Education major with an English concentration from Fairport, NY. She is a butterflier and backstroker on the Women’s Swimming and Diving team, and is also a representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Her favorite aspect of the Student Athlete Resource Center is that it serves as a ground that all athletes have in common, which will help foster interwoven connections among sports teams. She can’t wait to be a part of the community, and help develop such relationships!

Fun fact: Megan is Icelandic and has been to Iceland to visit family that lives there

Email: mlp23@geneseo.edu

Sean Beaver

Sean Beaver

Men's Soccer

Sean is a junior Political Science Major from Westchester, New York. He is a member of Geneseo Men’s Soccer Team, a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the first year honor society. He is looking forward to helping and connecting with other student athletes at Geneseo. 

Fun Fact: He is a big New York Knicks fan.

Email: slb24@geneseo.edu

Marco LaRocca

Marco LaRocca

Men's Soccer

Marco is a Communication major from Huntington, New York. He is the captain of the Geneseo Men’s Soccer Team, a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) club. He is looking forward to contributing to the athletic department through connections with other athletes and helping them balance academics and athletics at Geneseo. 

Fun Fact: He studied abroad in Florence, Italy.

Email: mjl24@geneseo.edu